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Trent Miles and recruiting African-American student-athletes

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Trent Miles needs to make a stronger effort to recruit talented African-American players to play football for him at Georgia State University. It may be time for Georgia State University to consider transitioning its offense into a rushing attack similar to Georgia Tech’s or Georgia Southern’s. As an African-American Head Coach in one of the most popular cities in the nation, Atlanta, he is well-positioned to attract more skilled players to strengthen the success of his football program. With Georgia Southern’s recent defeat of Florida, it’s going to become exponentially more challenging to justify the lack of success that Miles has had at Georgia State University this year.

Many graduating high school African-American male student-athletes have academic records that make it difficult for National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I programs to accept them. Trent Miles has an opportunity to work with university administrators to engender an environment that would truly persuade African-American football players to come Georgia State University.

If Trent Miles desires to have more immediate success at Georgia State University, he can no longer fail to capitalize on the power he has in his racial composition. Although African-American student-athletes like playing for coaches from all racial and cultural backgrounds, the sense of racial and cultural connections they share with a coach who is African-American serves as a powerful asset for an athletic program hoping to recruit more talented African-American football players.

The current Georgia State University football program does not have a real identity. If Georgia State University’s football program works to develop an offensive identity in the way that Georgia Southern has, it will become a team that other teams will fear playing. Trent Miles has some time to develop his team’s identity. He will not, however, be given a long period of time to be successful at Georgia State University.

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